Preserve Info

Permit Required for Access
Hiking
Equestrian

Overview

Closed Preserve - Public access by permit only. Access available for hiking and horseback riding in designated areas.

For more information or to request an access permit visit the Permit Information page.

La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve comprises more than 5,700 acres of grassland and redwood/Douglas fir forest, three major creeks, numerous ponds and springs, historic structures, and a 3,682-acre working cattle ranch. Two federally-threatened species, steelhead trout and California red-legged frog, occur on the Preserve, and suitable habitat is present for the federally endangered Coho salmon, San Francisco garter snake, and marbled murrelet. 

Gallery

Features

  • Be sure to visit the truly impressive "Big Tree," one of the few remaining old-growth redwoods.
  • Visitors will also want to explore the rolling grassland ridges. As the wind whistles past, look overhead - raptors can usually be seen soaring on the updrafts above. A variety of wildlife make their homes here, including coyotes, deer, and bobcats.
  • A trip to La Honda Creek wouldn't be complete without a stop at the vista point. The panoramic view of the seemingly never-ending valleys leading to the coast is spectacular. On a clear day, visibility extends to the ocean.

Directions

A special permit is required to access this Preserve.

To apply for a permit or for more information please visit the Permit Information page.

Trails

Permits (no fee) are issued for single-day use for hiking or equestrian use only.

  • No bicycles or dogs are permitted.
  • Cross-country travel and fishing are prohibited.

Trail Conditions

No trail conditions to report.

History

The Preserve was established in 1984 with the purchase of a 255-acre property. Since then, after more than 20 additional land purchases, it has grown to 5,759 acres. A compound with several homes and farm buildings are still on the property, including a historic (red) barn with pieces that may date from the turn of the last century. The Preserve consists of three parcels, the former Dyer ranch, open by special permit, the former McDonald ranch to the south, and the Driscoll Ranch which are currently closed to the public.

Regulations

  • Hours: Open dawn to one-half hour after sunset.
  • Permits: All public access to this preserve is by permit only. To learn more, please see Permit Information.
  • Bicyclists: Bikes are NOT allowed in this Preserve. For information on preserves open to bikes visit the Bicycle Access page.
  • Equestrians: Horses are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are recommended for all equestrians. For more information visit the Equestrian Access page.
  • Groups: For safety reasons, permits are required for all groups of 20 or more people.
  • Fires: Fires are prohibited on preserves.
     
  • Smoking: Smoking is prohibited on preserves.
     
  • Weapons: Weapons of any kind are prohibited on preserves. 
     
  • Plants and Animals: Please leave plants and animals undisturbed. This not only preserves the natural environment, but is also a safety precaution. 
     
  • Water Areas: Swimming wading, or engaging in any water-contact activity in any water areas of the District is prohibited.

Download District Regulations and Ordinances

Overview

Closed Preserve - Public access by permit only. Access available for hiking and horseback riding in designated areas.

For more information or to request an access permit visit the Permit Information page.

La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve comprises more than 5,700 acres of grassland and redwood/Douglas fir forest, three major creeks, numerous ponds and springs, historic structures, and a 3,682-acre working cattle ranch. Two federally-threatened species, steelhead trout and California red-legged frog, occur on the Preserve, and suitable habitat is present for the federally endangered Coho salmon, San Francisco garter snake, and marbled murrelet. 

Photo Gallery

Features

  • Be sure to visit the truly impressive "Big Tree," one of the few remaining old-growth redwoods.
  • Visitors will also want to explore the rolling grassland ridges. As the wind whistles past, look overhead - raptors can usually be seen soaring on the updrafts above. A variety of wildlife make their homes here, including coyotes, deer, and bobcats.
  • A trip to La Honda Creek wouldn't be complete without a stop at the vista point. The panoramic view of the seemingly never-ending valleys leading to the coast is spectacular. On a clear day, visibility extends to the ocean.

A special permit is required to access this Preserve.

To apply for a permit or for more information please visit the Permit Information page.

Trails

Permits (no fee) are issued for single-day use for hiking or equestrian use only.

  • No bicycles or dogs are permitted.
  • Cross-country travel and fishing are prohibited.

Trail Conditions

No trail conditions to report.

The Preserve was established in 1984 with the purchase of a 255-acre property. Since then, after more than 20 additional land purchases, it has grown to 5,759 acres. A compound with several homes and farm buildings are still on the property, including a historic (red) barn with pieces that may date from the turn of the last century. The Preserve consists of three parcels, the former Dyer ranch, open by special permit, the former McDonald ranch to the south, and the Driscoll Ranch which are currently closed to the public.

  • Hours: Open dawn to one-half hour after sunset.
  • Permits: All public access to this preserve is by permit only. To learn more, please see Permit Information.
  • Bicyclists: Bikes are NOT allowed in this Preserve. For information on preserves open to bikes visit the Bicycle Access page.
  • Equestrians: Horses are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are recommended for all equestrians. For more information visit the Equestrian Access page.
  • Groups: For safety reasons, permits are required for all groups of 20 or more people.
  • Fires: Fires are prohibited on preserves.
     
  • Smoking: Smoking is prohibited on preserves.
     
  • Weapons: Weapons of any kind are prohibited on preserves. 
     
  • Plants and Animals: Please leave plants and animals undisturbed. This not only preserves the natural environment, but is also a safety precaution. 
     
  • Water Areas: Swimming wading, or engaging in any water-contact activity in any water areas of the District is prohibited.

Download District Regulations and Ordinances

Preserve Info

Permit Required for Access
Hiking
Equestrian

Hours

Open dawn to one-half hour after sunset.

Preserve Activities

There are no events scheduled at this preserve currently.